It’s a good thing I was mowing the lawn and not trimming the bushes today. I’ve seen these nests often enough but usually they are high in a tree and unapproachable. We have one in our yard in one of the forsythias and it is just a foot or so off the ground. I think in the morning I might clip a couple of twigs and shoot some more after that. Although called hornets, they are actually wasps, related to yellow jackets and can be very aggressive in protecting the nest.
So here is the nest…it is a wonder of construction all made by the hornets chewing twigs and making paper by mixing with their saliva and depositing it until the nest is complete.Also known as a white-faced hornet, their markings are quite recognizable.And the answer is…yes, but just once.